Buhari arrives Abuja from AU Summit

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd. ), returned from Addis Ababa on Monday afternoon after attending the 36th African Union Summit in the Ethiopian capital.

Buhari traveled to the Horn of Africa for three high-level meetings on peace and security, climate change, and the political situation in some West African countries.

Aside from the AU Summit, which was themed 'Accelerating the Implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area,' the President also attended an Extraordinary Summit of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States, which was held on the sidelines of the main event.

Buhari announced Nigeria's readiness to host the Secretariat of the Sahel Climate Fund during the second Conference of Heads of State and Government of the Sahel Region Climate Commission.

The President stated at another High-Level Side Event on Early Warning Within the Framework of the African Union Peace and Security Council and the Committee of Intelligence and Security Services in Africa that timely information-sharing among contiguous African States is critical to successful early warning and response to terror threats across the continent.

He also stated that Nigeria had fully embraced the spirit of the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement by signing, ratifying, and depositing the instrument with the African Union Commission.

As a result, he urged all member countries that have yet to ratify the Agreement to do so.

Last Friday, Nigeria's President was represented by Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama at an AU Peace and Security Council meeting on the situation in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

African leaders urged all armed groups to withdraw from occupied territory in eastern DRC by the end of next month at the mini-summit, which coincided with the SRCC high-level meeting.

They also demanded a "immediate ceasefire" from all armed groups, as well as the resettlement of those displaced by the violence.

Buhari's last trip abroad as President will be to the 36th AU summit in 2023.

Meanwhile, the President is expected to lead other All Progressives Congress chieftains, including presidential candidate Bola Tinubu, to Lagos on Tuesday for the party's presidential campaign finale.

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